4 Styles of Beer

The Different Types of Beer - A Bartender's Guide - Crafty Bartending

Beer is an alcoholic beverage that dates back thousands of years and is generally made from a base of grains and hops. It is one of the most popular beverages in the world, along with water, tea, and coffee. Over time many different types of beer have been developed, meaning that there is something for almost everyone who wants to try this drink. Here are four styles of beer that are worth trying.

1. India Pale Ales

IPAs got their name due to the hops that were added so that they could survive the journey from Britain to India during the British colonial era. Today, there are a wide number of IPA styles with flavors ranging from bitter to earthy to citrusy. If you are curious about this type of beer, check out a grocery store or other store with a liquor license Houston TX near you.

2. Stouts

Stout beers are darker in color and come in varieties such as milk stout, oatmeal stout, dry Irish stout, and coffee stout. Many stouts have a high percentage of alcohol by volume, but there are some that have a lower percentage as well. Most stouts are characterized by being full-bodied, slightly sweet, and having notes of coffee or espresso.

3. Wheat Beers

Wheat beers are lighter in color and alcohol by volume than IPAs and stouts, due to the high amount of wheat used in the brewing process. Wheat beers are popular in the warmer months and are commonly paired with a slice of citrus fruit.

4. Sour Beers

Sour beers are developed by introducing bacteria or wild yeast strains into the brewing process. Although this might not sound very appetizing, sour beers are made using a strict sanitation process and include styles such as Lambics and Flanders ales.

If you wish to expand your palette, consider trying one of these fours styles of beers.